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, but some of it is definitely the affordable care act and it's changed the psychology of healthcare that we really have to get serious about controlling costs and doing better for people by controlling costs. one of the places we'll see a big, big difference is attention to people with chronic illness. knows are the people who use the health care system. and the best places now are really focusing on them, predicting who they are, giving them a lot of services. i refer to it as v.i.p. care for people with chronic and mental illness. that will be the wave of the future. >> gene? >> zeke, last time you and i talked about the affordable care act, you said president obama should have appointed a ceo to roll out the program and make sure that it functioned the way it should. >> right, right. >> is that still a valid criticism, still your criticism? how do you think things are going now? >> it's not a criticism. in 2010 when we passed a legislation and i was still in the white house, it was a suggestion. look, the website and the exchanges are really an e-commerce business and need to be run like
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of the republicans in the senate spending hundreds of millions of dollars lying about the affordable care act on the air. >> with the truth. >> the truth hurts here because the fact is that 11 million people have signed up for healthcare under obamacare. we have saved the taxpayers $1.2 trillion expected. that's the truth. and for republicans who don't like this law. that does hurt. >> i am -- obviously you and i are talking different stories. you are talking on obamacare and i'm talking about senator harry reid as a leader and saying things on the senate floor that are are just not true and he continues to be your leader and people step in line and nobody corrals him to get the truth right to be fair himself. >> let me say something about where democrats have been on this. i think democrats have been way too on the defensive about healthcare. >> i'm not talking about healthcare but senator harry reid. >> this is getting to-to-senator reid. >> i agree senator reid has been tough on republicans. >> i don't mind that he is tough. actually i admire somebody who is tough. i was a trial lawyer be
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's idea that is simply without merit. act, the affordable care what do you think the rollout of healthcare.gov and all of the proms with that website does for trying to sell this ahead of the 2014 election, and what will happen down the road. on her twitter page -- guest: let's be clear as day on this thing. was aalthcare.gov rollout complete and unmitigated disaster. in the calm of things i am saying, and i will try to get the critics of the health-care law to agree there are good things in it and i will agree there are bad things, that is firmly in the screwup column. it was bad not just in that it was difficult for a lot of americans who wanted to sign up up now they are signing that they can come another thing we should consider, but it also fundamentally played into an idea that government cannot get it right. it has been fixed and it has been working. my state of connecticut, it is working terrifically. played into a notion critics have that the government cannot do anything right. politicalhave implications. the good news is, it has been fixed and americans are signing up in droves.
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of the affordable care act. they will ever have to go bankrupt because of a health-care bill. if you look at the record, it used to be the case that the reason most people in america filed for personal bankruptcy, health-care bills. he center dot or to the hospital and you could not pay the final bill -- you send your. at the hospital and you cannot pay the final bill and he went bankrupt co. in terms of what might happen if the republicans try to repeal the affordable care act, if you are on minimum wage, it is even tougher, because the only reason today that some of these minimum wage workers will have access to health care is because of the affordable care act. they will be able to afford -- they will have to pay something but not that much, because you and i as taxpayers are helping them through tax credits. that is why already today 13 million, closed up 14 and nine -- close to 14 million americans have health security. host: the publicans think they have the edge over the issue of health care. -- the publicans think they have the edge over the show health care. "the new york times"